Coming Soon - Family Cafe

By Director Barbara Palmer

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities will have a large presence at the 21st Annual Family Café coming up June 7-9 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Orlando. APD will have speakers at 11 presentations throughout the three-day conference.

Image Awards

The Capital Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association hosted their annual image awards ceremony on April 25 to honor Tallahassee’s most creative and effective public relations campaigns and projects. The Agency for Persons with Disabilities had a strong showing, securing five awards in three categories.

Pinwheels for Prevention

On April 10, representatives from the Agency for Persons with Disabilities joined Lt. Governor Jeanette Nuñez in planting pinwheels in front of the Historic Capitol in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

First Lady and Governor DeSantis Attend Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

On April 25, First Lady Casey DeSantis and Governor Ron DeSantis, along with their children Madison and Mason, welcomed more than 500 children, parents, and mentors to the Florida Capitol during Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.


The Florida Disabled Outdoors Association (FDOA) hosted it's annual SportsAbility on April 12 that highlights active leisure and recreation for individuals with disabilities.

Law Enforcement Torch Run

Police cars and motorcycles escorted more than 100 runners to the Capitol courtyard on April 23 in Tallahassee for the 39th Annual Special Olympics Florida Law Enforcement Torch Run. The participants were either law enforcement officers who support Special Olympics or Special Olympic athletes.

Malacko has an Eye for Detail

Ever wonder how those lipstick or eye shadow displays at makeup stores are made? Many of them start as sheets of acrylic, a type of hard, clear plastic. Because large companies like Maybelline, Clinique, Estée Lauder, Revlon, and L’Oréal buy these displays for their stores, it’s important for them to be perfect. That’s where DarLing Malacko comes in!

Around the State

Connecting the Dots 2019

The Area 4 Family Care Council hosted their fifth annual Connecting the Dots Conference on April 10 at the Schultz Center in Jacksonville with over 350 people in attendance. FCC 4 member Karen Prewitt led the organizing team for the event with assistance from Denise Torres, Mary Smith, and several local agencies and organizations. 

Sunland Staff Attend 2019 Lead Summit

The Florida Commission on the Status of Women hosted the annual LEAD Summit at the Florida Capitol March 20-21. The forum, dedicated to educating women about leadership and the legislative process, is filled with networking opportunities and offers ways to learn how the real-life legislative process works.

Third Sip, Share, and Socialize Event Held

Family Care Council Area 1 held their third Sip, Share, and Socialize event on April 9 at Perfect Plain Brewing in downtown Pensacola. There was a great turnout and networking regarding employment and volunteer opportunities with self-advocates.

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